Conversations with the Curators: "Digitizing the Harry A. Franck Photographs"
From Kelley Stokes-Samuel
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Digitizing the Harry A. Franck Photographs
Randal Stegmeyer - Digital Photographer, Digital Conversion Unit
Larry Wentzel - Digital Conversion Production Manager, Digital Conversion Unit
Shannon Zachary - Head, Department of Preservation and Conservation
Held Thursday, August 6th, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
In 1904, Harry Alverson Franck set out for a year of travel. He had a brand new degree from the University of Michigan, $104 in his pocket, and a Kodak camera in his knapsack. That adventure resulted in his first book, A Vagabond Journey Around the World, illustrated with "more than one hundred photographs." Over the next forty years, Franck published more than thirty such illustrated travel books. His children donated his archive, including thousands of photographs on nitrate film and glass, to the University Library in 1988. This presentation talks about the challenges of preserving those photographs through digitization.